Steven Spielberg has made several influential movies
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg will be awarded Philadelphia's 2009 Liberty Medal for his artistic and humanitarian achievements, it has been announced.
The director will give the $100,000 (£58,800) prize to the foundation he has set up to produce video and oral histories of Holocaust survivors.
He will be presented with the accolade - established in 1988 - on 8 October.
Previous winners of the award, presented by the National Constitution Center, include Nelson Mandela.
It was established to honour those who represent the founding principles of the US.
Spielberg's films include Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan and The Color Purple.
He is also behind hugely profitable franchises including Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park.